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around the world. pope benedict is retiring. something a pope hasn't done for nearly 600 years. the 85-year-old cites age.and fatigue. it's not what the cardinals called together today had expected to hear from their pope. benedict the 16th - saying he's just not up to the job anymore and is stepping down feb. 28th. the pope's brother says benedict actually made the decision nearly a year ago. after trips to mexico and cuba. he's nearly 86 and seems increasingly frail. still - a pope retiring is almost unheard of -- this is the last man to do it -- gregory the 12th - in 1415. benedict became pope in 2005.succeeding john paul the second. he may be worn down in part by controversy. almost from the start - he's been criticized for being part of the church hierarchy more worried about its reputation than the sexual abuse of children. as a german bishop in the 80's - he directly helped shield a priest who had abused children. and in 2001 - as a cardinal put in charge of dealing with the growing controversy - he wrote a letter ordering u.s. bishops - under pain of excommunication - to never
the final brief appearance there. and the final end to the benedict papacy comes four hours from now when the doors of gandolfo close and they leave. let's go down to keir simmons covering it all for us. kear, good morning to you. >> reporter: hey, savannah, good morning, the saints looking down on the square have not seen a day like this in medieval times. in the papal palace, over my shoulder here, the pope, as you say, has been meeting were his cardinals, tells them, i'll be with you in prayer. dawn across rome. this city has seen more than 260 pontiffs, only two popes passed in the last thousand years have left like this. the cardinals, princes of the church, gathered this morning for a warm farewell to pope benedict. some cardinals wants to speak to him for as long as possible. pope benedict will resign just after sunset. this home, this beautiful summer palace, quiet after a frantzic few weeks. >> at 8:00 exactly, he will stop being pope, the swiss guards who stand guard outside the palace and he'll go. >> reporter: rough seas he admitted yesterday and now the task begins of choosin
. >>> pope benedict xvi delivers his final sunday blessing. what he had to say to thousands at st. peter square. >>> an historic day at the daytona 500. >>> complete bay area news coverage starts right now. this is ktvu channel 2 news at 5. >>> good evening. i'm ken wayne. >> and hello, everyone. i'm heather holmes. dozens of people are figuring out their next steps tonight after a fast-moving fire tore through their apartment building in san francisco. kara is live at the scene and tells us it was police officers who first spotted the smoke. >> reporter: that's right. the officers were headed to another call when they saw smoke coming from this apartment building. just a few hours ago, this entire intersection was shut down. right now you can see a red cross truck parked out front. volunteers are helping those displaced by the fire. some 40 people were forced to evacuate the five--story apartment building just before noon. >> cops screaming and banging on doors. we told them we were coming, and they're saying, no, now, now, now! we're trying to throw on clothes. i'm still scared. >> re
, but is that true? the proof that shows we >> it is 4:52. a poll shows pope benedict is leaving the post on a positive note. a new washington post/abc news poll shows 76 percent of catholics view pope benedict favorably and only 14 percent rate the pontiff unfavorable. his popularity lags that of the predecessor who before his death in early 2005 was seen favorably by 87 percent of catholics. pope benedict is stepping down for health reasons. san francisco and san jose are being looked at by the olympic committee as possibly host cities for games with letters sent to the mayors of 35 cities. san francisco, san jose, and sacramento are among the cities. san francisco mayor and san jose leader say this would be an expensive effort and they have other priorities. former san francisco mayor tried to get the olympics for 2012 game but that effort fizzled. >> oscar nominee almost did not make it into the country. the palestinian filmmaker and his family were detained at lax by authorities who doubted the legitimacy of the story. the film "five broken cameras" is nominated for best documentary
that has the pope's spokesman of accusing people of trying to pick pope benedict's successor. the oscars are tonight and the question remains who is going to win. we will have the various races, who are the potential upsets going into tonight. we will look at that and on a light note it's a canine fat camp. inside a company this is helping to get minnesota's best friend healthy and trim. pet obesity, apparently a big problem in america. one dog at this place lost 25 pounds in three weeks, which would be impressive for humans. and that's all coming up on gma this morning. katie, hope you will be in the audience. >> i hope those canines can have some tips for their two-legged friends. >> especially going into top's oscars viewing party. >> oh, yes, you can be too thin. thanks, dan. >>> >>> this morning there are nearly 400 fewer firearms on the peninsula after a tri-city gun buyback. the event involving palo alto, east palo alto and menlo park was so popular many were turned away. police paid $100 forehand guns and 300 for assault weapons. one man alone collected $1,400. >> i'm a duck hunt
. that burst into flames. one one >> pope benedict the sixteenth led his final sunday prayer as pontiff this morning. tens of thousands came to st. peter's square to hear the pope's sermon, and to pray with him. on thursday, benedict becomes the first pope tobut he says he's not abandoning the church. instead, the 85-year-old will spend his days praying in a vatican city monastery. though he has cited age as the reason for his retirement, an italian newspaper suggests something more controversial: they say a network of gay priests at the vatican is being blackmaled by male prostitutes. >> a los angeles cardinal who will help elect the next pope is being questioned about pedophile priests during his time as the city's archbishop. church documents suggest cardinal roger mahony knew priests were sexually abusing children. but went out of his way to protect the priests from prosecution. mahony spent several hours in a deposition on saturday, answering questions about the sex abuse scandal. a petition effort is underway to keep mahony from being allowed to vote for the next pope. >> san fran
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on a long range missile. >> stunning announcement today from the pope. benedict the skaechbt gave his notice retiring at the end of the month. first time that has happened in 600 years. pope is a job usually kept for life. as you look live at the vatican tonight the catholic church is lacking for new leader. 7 news before jon alston has the story. >> it was the moment that caught millions of catholic faithful completely off guard. the pope announced a ceremony that at age 85 he could not continue on. >> today decision by benedict the 16th came as a huge surprise to me and i think to everyone in rome. >> i was shock. >> there water an identical reaction at st. mary's college where tonight the pope got prayers from those who gather for mass at the chapel. some students hope he open as dialogue on issues like married priest and same sex marriage. i do believe a lot of the traditions and stand that we have in the church but i think we definitely need to move forward. >> i don't know if i necessarily a priest but more respect in authority and power for women in the church the lay wome
range missile. >> stunning announcement today from the pope. benedict the skaechbt gave his notice retiring at the end of the month. first time that has happened in 600 years. pope is a job usually kept for life. as you look live at the vatican tonight the catholic church is lacking for new leader. 7 news before jon alston has the story. >> it was the moment that caught millions of catholic faithful completely off guard. the pope announced a ceremony that at age 85 he could not continue on. >> today decision by benedict the 16th came as a huge surprise to me and i think to everyone in rome. >> i was shock. >> there water an identical reaction at st. mary's college where tonight the pope got prayers from those who gather for mass at the chapel. some students hope he open as dialogue on issues like married priest and same sex marriage. i do believe a lot of the traditions and stand that we have in the church but i think we definitely need to move forward. >> i don't know if i necessarily a priest but more respect in authority and power for women in the church the lay women. >> h
here. they asked us what is going on. nobody really got the news. when they told them pope benedict xvi was redesignisignry didn't know. actually, he can, but obviously, no pope has done that for 700 years. so no wonder people are aware of that. for now on that may change the course of the catholic church in the future as well as pope benedict xvi is setting an example. if you don't have the strength to carry on let someone younger and more strength to carry on the mission. >> it certainly is a monument ool announcement. claudio, thank you very much. >>> this morning we spoke with greg burke the senior communication adviser to the holy see in rome. we began by asking him how much of a surprise this was? >> it is a surprise. i people think had fair warning. it was a few years ago in a book called "light of the world," a long interview with a german journalist. the journalist asked the pope if he would resign. and he said something interesting. in the midst of a candle and all that stuff. he said now is not the time. it's not the time to run when you're in great risk and emergency period.
.s. is determined not to leave syrian rebels "dangling in the wind." >>> when pope benedict steps down thursday he'll take on a new title, benedict will be caused emeritus pope and will continue to wear white. 115 cardinals are expected to vote for his successor, but britain's highest ranking catholic leader will not be taking part. in one of his final acts the pope changed the rules of their meeting, allen pizzey is in vatican city. allen, good morning. >> reporter: good morning, charlie. how soon will the conclave begin? by both law and tradition the cardinals can't talk openly about it until one day after ben fikt officially leaves office. the cardinals want to get on with the job of choosing a new pope as soon as possible. major issue plaguing them will be the sex abuse scandals but they must be dealt with in the view of u.s. cardinal james staff ford stafford who is too old to vote in the conclave. >> if it means to be despised which in many ways it does mean when they accept that. >> reporter: you also have to overcome that to get people back into the church rebuild i
people. pope benedict xvi, the first pope they've known and the old who know how his story is. gathering to hear the last testament. and looking on the cardinal, one of these men could soon be pope, the first from pope benedict, a prayer. a final message to his follower followers. >> ask each of you to pray for me and for the new pope i impart my blessing. thank you. [ applause ] >> reporter: this frail man choosing a quieter life. so very different from his predecessor john paul who stayed until the very end. anthony from pennsylvania witnessed both pope's last sermons. >> they're courage in different ways. in opposite ways but the same degree of courage. >> reporter: the pope summoning the strength to say good-bye, giving up one of the most powerful roles on earth. meeting publicly with the faithful one last time. >> savannah as the pope got up to leave. there was a wave of emotion. people calling out to him, waving good-bye. many people held up banners saying thank you in return. pope benedict told the faithful i have never felt this way. >> thank you. greg burke is the senior communi
for the end of march. >>> in his final days leading the catholic church pope benedict changing the rules on how a new pope is elected. card nals will now be allowed to start that process prior to the usual 15-day transition period. also today britain's highest ranking catholic leader stepping down in the wake of misconduct allegations and will not be part of the upcoming election. anne thompson has more from the vatican. >> reporter: even in his final days as pope, scandal continue to dog his papacy and the church. headlines of blackmail and conspiracy that the vatican vehement denies. american cardinal roger mahoney has so far ignored calls to stay home from the conclave to choose the next pope because of his conduct about abusive priests. >> if someone has erred in some way or another it doesn't stop their judgment in other matters. >> reporter: today cardinal o'brien resigned after being accused by three priests and a former priest of inappropriate behavior going back to the 1980s. ugly headlines that one vatican watcher says will shake the deliberations of the conclave. >> some of th
of lingering questions about this week's retirement of pope benedict xvi. benedict will be known as the emeritus pope and will continue to wear white. as for the upcoming conclave to choose the pope as replacement, los angeles cardinal roger mahony plans to attendee spite allegations he covered up sexual abuse involving clergy. former san francisco archbishop stands by mahoney. >> i believe he should at the conclave and i'm glad to see that he has left and look forward to seeing him there. >> more than 100 cardinals will gather at the vatican starting on thursday. >>> italy's government could have a hard time reaching agreement on the eurozone debt crisis and other issues. no party won a majority in the senate. the political chaos in italy and anxiety over the federal spending cuts took a toll on wall street yesterday. the dow had its biggest one-day drop since november 7. >>> investors will be listening closely to fed chief fed chairman ben bernanke today. he will be on capitol hill testifying before the senate banking committee about whether
. the vatican announced today the pope is resigning. pope benedict the 16th says his advanced age and deteriorating health in the past few months as in the month. >> the manhunt for the former l.a. cop accused of killing three people continues this morning. the latest on the search for christopher dorner , straight ahead. today we are around the seasonal average. the warming trend for all locations will be for the next couple of days. thursday into friday temperatures will be flirting with the 70 degree mark. >> i will look to your 7 day around the bay in my next report. >> not tracking any hot spot good conditions around the bay area here is the bay bridge. and my would ba a moderp with 16 minute drive times. >> the commute looks good for your ride on the peninsula and for the north bay. mark. >> the big announcement coming from the vatican announcing the pope is resigning. pope benedictus extinct says his advanced age in deteriorating health in the past few months contributed to his decision to step aside at the end of the month. >> this is an historic move. the last zero to res
benedict has wrapped up the first public appearance since the stunning announcement two days ago. huge crowds greeted him with a standing ovation at the vatican. he presided over the first weekly general audience and told thousands gathered he is stepping down for "the good of the church." the 85-year-old will celebrate ash wednesday mass for the beginning of lent at st. peter's. he announced he is resigning for health reasons. >> president obama is headed to north carolina to rally support for the job creation and economic proposals he unveiled in the "state of the union" address. he said he wants congress to focus on improving voting procedures, raising minimum wages and lowering energy use. corporate profits have skyrocketed while wages have barely budged saying now is the time for comprehensive tax reform. >> a tax code that lowers incentives to move job overseas and lowers tax jobs for manufacturers jobs here in the united states of america, that is what tax reform can deliver and what we can do together. >> in the republican response, senator rubio of florida said more government
. tori and dave? >> all right. thank you, pam. >>> we've learned what pope benedict xvi will be called when he officially retires. he will be known as a emeritus pope and will continue to wear right. when he steps down, he lob the first pontiff to do so in 600 years. cardinal levada leaves for the vatican today to help choose the new pope. he will be among the 117 cardinals voting on the replacement for pope benedict xvi. yesterday, he talked about some of the qualities he would be looking for in the next pope. >> a man of prayer, a man of peace, a person who has shown qualities of leadership either through his work in the nature of the archdiocese in the world or possibly through heading a department or perhaps more ideally a combination of those things. >> the cardinals hope to elect a new hope before the start of holy week which begins march 24th. the pope changed the rules of the conclave, a group of cardinals who will choose the new pope allowing them to move up the start date before the usual 15-day period between the start of the conclave. it was one of his last acts before step
away from pope benedict stepping down as head of the catholic clutch and the just released poll reveal his popularity. >> reward offered to help track down a person who shot a raccoon in the bay area. almost tastes like one of jack's cereals. fiber one. uh, forgot jack's cereal. [ jack ] what's for breakfast? um... try the number one! yeah, this is pretty good. male announcer ] over a third of a day's fiber. fiber one. ♪ shimmy, shimmy chocolate. ♪ shimmy, shimmy chocolate. ♪ we, we chocolate cross over. ♪ yeah, we chocolate cross over. ♪ [ male announcer ] introducing fiber one 80 calorie chocolate cereal. ♪ chocolate. >> benicia, san ramon, san mateo and all the bay area, this is abc7 news. >> 5:42. a $3,000 reward is offered in the latest shooting of an animal on the peninsula, the 12000 since december. fragmentness the body of a careen found alive but unresponsive in south san francisco on sunday lying against a cushion -- a curb. anyone with information about the shooting or the others obtains peninsula should call the humane society. a veterinarian put the animal to s
? >> all right, al. thank you. >>> now to rome and pope benedict's final days as leader of the catholic church. moments ago the vatican announced new details about the pope's life after he steps down. let's get to nbc's anne thompson at the vatican this morning. anne, good morning to you. >> reporter: good morning, savannah. we now know what pope benedict will be called once he retires. if you run into him, you address him as his holiness, pope benedict xvi, or roman pontiff emeritus. he won't wear the white cape you've seen him wear as pope. and then those shoes that he's so very fond of, well, they go. he will have to switch to brown shoes. we understand he'll wear a pair he was given on a trip to mexico. all of those details are coming out as the world gets a glimpse of the sometimes ugly gamesmanship that goes on in this beautiful setting. cardinal keith o'brien, briton's highest ranking catholic and its only vote in the upcoming papal conclave is staying away, accused of improper behavior with four young priests going back to the 1980s, detailed in a british newspaper sunday that o
on the first appearance from pope benedict xvi since his announcement that he's stepping down at the end of the month. good morning to you. >> reporter: good morning, matt. this is ash wednesday. it's usually a somber day in the catholic church. there's a celebratory air here in vatican city as the pope begins what some are calling his farewell tour. this morning, the public getting its first chance to express their appreciation for pope benedict since announcing his abdication. with the end of his papacy days away. a church famous for its rituals, vatican officials are working without a script as benedict moves into retirement. what are you going to call pope benedict once he steps down? >> i don't think he will be the pope emeritus. one of his other titles is the bishop of rome. he will probably be the americas bishop of rome. >> reporter: showed a flare for fashion, earning the nickname the prada pope. this monastery is being renovated for pope benedict. it will have a library for the scholarly man and his cats will accompany him. no word yet on whether there will be a piano as well.
,000 people are expected to attend marches nationwide. >> pope benedict the xvi announced his retirement. >> ♪ this is the second to last prayer before he steps down. that only attracts a few thousand people. today, as can you see there, 150,000 people showed up. benedict will retire on february 28th. the vatican said they will try to choose a new pope sooner than expected so a pope will be in place by holy week. >> they are considering landmark legislation on immigration reform. >> they have a draft proposal from the white house and allow illegal immigrants to become permanent residents within eight years. >> there are 11 million illegal immigrants and they could apply for a newly created is visa. and provide more security funding by the immigration status of the new hires. >> a woman is in the hospital after being hit by a muni bus. >> it happened yesterday afternoon at lake merced boulevard. and the person had serious injuries. the muni driver is undergoing standard drug and alcohol tests. >> they are missing so much work and costing the agency millions of dollars. the san francisco
's retirement of pope benedict xvi. there are some issues that haven't been dealt with in 6 centuries. the vatican announced today benedict xvi will be known now as emeritus pope. he will continue to wear white. as for the upcoming conclave to choose the pope's replacement, los angeles cardinal roger mahony plans to attend, despite allegations he covered up sex abuse involving clergy. a former san francisco archbishop stands by him. >> i believe he should be at the conclave and i'm glad to see he has left and look forward to seeing him there. >> more than 100 cardinals will gather at the vatican starting on thursday. >>> 6:40 now. from smartphones to tablets, which products are getting the biggest buzz at this year's mobile world congress. brian cooley will talk about it. >> plus the bald eagle has landed. why this escaped bay area zoo bird was saved just in time. >> how about the market? opened just a few minutes ago. the early numbers, after falling some 200 points yesterday, we are out of the gate in a good way. all green all the way around. ja
:00 a.m. in 25 minutes from now. >> new this morning, pope benedict has wrapped up the first public appearance since the stunning announcement of the resignation two days ago. huge crowds greeted the pope with a standing ovation the scene vatican. he marked the first day of lent with the weekly address telling thousands he is stepping down for the good of the work. the 85-year-old will celebrate ab wednesday map at st. peter's. >> barry bonds will ask a court in san francisco to overturn his conviction. a panel will hear arguments from his attorneys at the 9th circuit court of appeals at 9:30 this morning and they have argued that bonds was convicted if giving a rambling answer that had nothing do with a grand jury probe in the steroid scandal but prosecutors say he gave evasive answers when he testified in 2003 about the use of performance-enhancing drugs. >> a uc santa cruz student was shot in the head at a bus stop. the 21-year-old victim said he snuck up behind her and told her to empty the pockets. she d but the suspect shot her anyway, and she thought she was hit with the rifl
. pope benedict xvi will continue to wear white and when he steps counsel be the first to do so in hundreds of years. >>> they are due to vote in moving ahead with the confirmation of senator chuck hagel. after stalling the nomination for 12 days, late last night they said they would stop delaying the vote. if he is elected, he will replace leon panetta just days before massive cuts are due to hit the pentagon. >>> the building is at peer 27 and it will be the america's cup headquarters starting next month. this $90 million project will include arrays village, -- a race village and a place to dock all starting next year and ribbon cutting is set for early this morning. >> there are problems with the commute you should be aware of. and also the motorcycle crash is causing a big backup? >>> they are showing us a huge backup which has resulted in the two lanes being closed for a while and southbound is backed up out of hayward, the accident was near stevenson and the traffic is slow so if you are driving into the area you need to give yourself extra time and just getting onto the f
the vatican's plans to elect a new pope in the wake of pope benedict's surprise decision to retire at the end of the month. rich richard engel is live in the vatican city. >> reporter: it's an act of humility and encourage to make way for a younger man. 24 hours later there's still shock in the vatican city. >> shocked. disappointed. sad. >> reporter: this morning roman catholics, tourists, even some church officials wondered if this can be a moment to revitalize the church after pope benedict xvi's unexpected decision to step down. >> personally i didn't agree with a lot of the things he believed and prepared. >> this will bring change for the church. >> reporter: in making his announcement the 85-year-old pontiff who has been looking frail asked for forgiveness. i have to recognize my incapacity to adequately fulfill the min nus stri entrusted to me he told a gathering of cardinals in latin saying his advanced age forced the decision. just hours later these images circulated around the world. these are unusual times for the vatican. the last time a pope abdicated under similar circumstances
of benedict's papacy, while scandal and intrigue engulf some of the men who will choose the next pope. even in his final days as pope, scandal continues to dog benedict's papacy and the church. italian newspapers headline rumors of blackmail and conspiracy that the vatican vehemently denies. american cardinal roger mahony has ignored calls to stay home from a conclthat chooses the next pope because of his role protecting abusive priests. scottish cardinal keith o'brien, who commented on mahony's situation last week. >> someone has erred and we have anoth another. >> reporter: today cardinal o'brien resigned after being accused by three priests and former priest of inappropriate behavior going back to the 1980s. ugly headlines that one vatican watcher says will shape the deliberations of the conclave. >> some of this is politics, but other parts of it are the long delayed, reckoning with problems that require facing and correcting in the church. >> reporter: the scandals have left many of the faithful weary. >> i'm a true believer and i hope that catholics will get a better name these days.
. pope benedict's successor, anne thompson is there with more. good morning, anne. >> reporter: good morning, natalie. the conclave to elect pope benedict's successor is scheduled to begin between march 15th and march 20g9, but there is talk it could be moved up because the karmds who will elect the new pope are coming here to rome to say good-bye to pope benedict february 28th. we should hear some word perhaps this week. asked who will succeed pope benedict the pope himself yesterday set off a flurry of speculation at his weekly blessing when he addressed the crowd in spanish, he asked them to pay praise for himself and the future pope. some wondered was he sending a secret signal that he would prefer to see a pope from latin america? i spoke to a vatican spokesman who said there was no secret signal, just the pope offering a prayer. >> anne thompson, thank you. >> nbc's white house correspondent kristen welker is in port st. lucie, traveling with the president. good morning. >> reporter: good morning, natalie. president obama heads home later today after a weekend of golf, includin
this morning, pope benedict xvi made his first public appearance since announcing he's resigning as head of the catholic church. [ cheers ] >> now, the pope received a standing ovation as he entered a packed capitol celebrate ash wednesday at the vatican. he told the congregation he's stepping down for the good of the church. he cited his frail health. ash wednesday marks the beginning of lent. the catholic church plans to have a new hope in place by easter, the end of lent. >>> well, back here at home, san francisco is selling the naming rights to port properties. it's a fund-raising pitch to help pay for the yacht race. they may be able to sponsor some of the san francisco port properties in order to cover their costs. the city, by the way, is on the hook for as much as $32 million. >>> 7:38. the bay bridge toll authority could approve funding today for a big celebration for the opening of the new eastern span of the new bay bridge. the plan calls for a one-way bridge walk on labor day weekend. there's also talk of a half marathon, fireworks and even a concert. the party would cost $5.
benedict will not take part in choosing the successor and appointed most of the cardinals would will choose the next pope with the largest bloc coming from europe. many who gather for mass in the bay area last night prayed for the pope. and students hope the next pontiff opens a dialogue on issues like married priests and same-sex marriage. >> i believe in a lost the traditions that we have in the church but we need to move forward. >> i don't know about married priests but more respect and authority and power for the women in the church including the nuns and lay women. >> the people will step february 28. >> the u.n. security council is gathering for an emergency meeting this morning to discuss north korea's latest nuclear test. the closed door session is scheduled to begin in just under half an hour at 6:00 our time. this morning, north korea announced they tested a minute that tuesdayed nuclear device, and an earthquake measuring up to 5.2 was registered in the morning this morning possibly caused by the debt. nato calls it irresponsible. >> president obama will concentrate on jobs and
of their injuries. >>> new this morning pope benedict made his first public appearance since announcing he is stepping down as leader of the catholic church. the pope received a standing ovation as he entered a packed chapel to celebrate ash wednesday. stepping down for good of the church. citing his frail health. ash wednesday marks the beginning of lint. the church hoping to have a new pope by easter. >>> bay bridge toll could have a new celebration. the plan calls for a one way bridge walk on labor day weekend. there is also talk about a half marathon out there. fire works, even a concert. now the party would cost about $5.5 million. the new span is due to open to traffic on september 3rd. the toll authority will also consider that $31 million security system for the new bridge today. >>> it is now 5:38. sal, unfortunately has been covering a couple crashes. one on 680. >> and the other one on 101. you are right pam and dave. southbound 680 the traffic because of a crash here is getting thicker. leaving pleasanton for fremont southbound 680. just got the update from chp they still have
that pope benedict will keep the title of "his holiness" after he resigns. >> a top superintendent valley c.e.o. and former republican candidate for government is changing her position on same-sex marriage. h.p. c.e.o. whitman is saying proposition eight in california should be overturned. "new york times" reports that whitman signed a legal brief urging gay people have a constitutional right to marriage. she supported proposition 8 during the campaign if governor in 2010. other prominent republicans who signed the brief that will go to the supreme court include former presidential candidate huntsman, former new jersey governor whitman, and former massachusetts governors weld and swift. the supreme court is set to hear arguments on whether proposition eight is constitutional next month. >> from egypt, 18 foreign tourists are confirmed dead after a hot air balloon crashed in one of the worst tourism accidents in the country's history. a bay area man visiting the city took the photos before the crash the christopher was in another balloon when it happened and according to officials there was
and the cardinals first official meeting is held monday, march 4, and we have elevenned that pope benedict will keep the title of his holiness after he resigned. in egypt this morning, at least 18 foreign tourists are confirmed dead after a hot air balloon crashed in the waste tourism accidents in the history of the country. a bay area man took these photos before the crash. he says he was in another balloon when it happened. according to officials this was a fire and an explosion before the balloon plunged several hundred feet from the sky. residents of japan, france, and britain are among the dead. >> several schools are canceling student trips to south america after a young bay area couple disappeared while traveling through peru. jamie neal and gator hand were on a south american bicycle tour and they disappeared. the couple is seen on a surveillance video on a bus to lima when the communication on facebook and friends and 19 stopped along with bank activity. in mid-february the state department issued a warning to american tourists about possibility of being kidnapped by terrorists. as a result
benedict the '60s has made his first public appearance since a shocking announcement that he is stepping down as the head of the catholic church. >> daughter is a faithful flooded to the vatican today to see the pope. he thanked them in several languages and said he does not have the strength required to carry on. >> the vatican insisted no serious medical ailment was behind decision, though he had meant for the first time that the pope has had a pacemaker for years, and recently had the batterers replaced. kennedy also celebrate and ash wednesday mass marking the beginning thelent. >> coming oup on the kron 4 morning news pittsburgh police i'm is getting an overnight officer of shooting. a live report is coming up at 5:31 a.m.. burgeon america is offering a new nonstop service out of san francisco that at 5:40 a.m.. plus, a bay area surgeon that the sec charges--sex charges surgeon that the sec charges--sex charges involving a miwell, well, well. growing up, we didn't have u-verse. we couldn't record four shows at the same time. in my day, you were lucky if you could record two shows. a
the new pope next month. the conclave will start soon. today pope benedict issued a change in the rules to get around the usual 15-day delay. >>> east bay authorities are telling their version of why mc hammer was arrested. the alameda county sheriff says the car hammer was in had expired tags and belonged to another person. hammer reportedly reacted angrily to a request for proof of ownership and refused to step out of the car. he was arrested thursday in dublin for obstructing a police officer. hammer says he was racially profiled. >>> plenty of new tips about investigators about the prime minister suspect in the las vegas strip shooting. police are looking for 26-year- old ammar harris. they say he shot and killed aspiring rapper kenneth cherry who was an oakland native. ever since harris was identified as the prime suspect, tips have been pouring in. police found his range rover over the weekend. >>> a man who managed to fight off an armed robber helped palo alto police come up with a sketch of that suspect. here's the drawing of the man wanted f
retires, the vatican released pope benedict the 16th will keep the title his holiness the will be title pontiffemeritus . been a big surprise the world and the announced earlier this month that he would retire effective on thursday. the catholic church's carter will meet at the vatican to elect a successor. the election is expected to start sometime in march. >> this is out of wichita kansas when they have a lot of snow on the ground and more on the way. a lot of of snow on the ground and more on the way. a lot of snow expected to co thyou eat less...ing weiyou lose weight.et. it's a great plan... until you get hungry. that's the time to take slimful. one tasty 90-calorie slimful and a glass of water satisfies hunger for hours making it easier to eat smaller meals, and resist snacking. your friends might think you found the secret to losing weight. but it's no secret... it's slimful. eating less is a beautiful thing. >> good morning. 4:55 is the time. >> '60s for today the same for tomorrow. friday a lot of sunshine. los seventies. we will see mid-70's in some locations for friday afte
select a replacement for pope benedict xvi earlier than initially thought. the 85-year-old pope announced that he will step down at the end of the month. the vatican is now raising the possibility that cardinals from across the world could gather before march 15 for an election known as a conclave. under current rule, that is the earliest date they could meet. because there is a required 15 to 20-day waiting period after a vacancy. that wait is so that the catholic church can mourn the death of the pope but in this case there is no mourning because the pope is stepping down. >>> a minor cooldown is in store for your sturld. giving you a live look at the bay bridge and into san francisco. a few changes associated with that cooldown. they can already be seen outside. we've got high clouds overhead. a few low clouds. and a little bit of patchy fog out there. and this is going to increase as we work our way into sunday. for today, outside our doors right now, most of us are dealing with the high clouds. the high clouds actually help to offset some of that cooling in the overnight hours. and m
benedict the 16th will keep the title as his holiness and will be called pontiffs emeritus . benedictus surprise the world when he announced earlier this month that he would retire effective on thursday. the catholic church is cardinal will meet at the vatican to collect a successor. they're trying to hold a conclave before march 15th, with the hope that a new pope can be chosen before march 17th. it or to have a pope in place for the holy week leading up to easter march 31st. >> watching gas prices this morning as they continue to rise, ever so slightly all across the nation. the national average is $3.78 a gallon. the state of california average is $4.23 a gallon. in san francisco $4.25. in oakland $4.17. in san jose $4.18 said. >> it is 736 cenow we will be back with more in a couple of minutes. a lot of sunshine at the golden gate bridge. it will get more beautiful. get out and enjoy that by all means if you can. we will be right back. get whatever you want, baby. hmm. let's just share a 20 piece. [ internal ] 20 mcnuggets, for only $4.99? oh, man. she's beautiful smart and sensible
. benedict thanked his cardinals, colleagues and ordinary faithful for the support of respecting his decision to become the first open six of the year to resign. tens of thousands of people jammed the area to bid minute farewell. >> a new study finds that the number of young women being diagnosed with advanced breast cancer is on the rise. it is a trend not seen in older women. although the number of cases is still small, researchers find that more young women ages 25 best 39 are being diagnosed with advanced breast cancer. the study covered cases over three decades. officials say more research needs to be done. doctors say early detection is key so is best for young women to a monthly self breast exam and get checked out right away if they find a lump. >> a new study that shows the majority of voters are opposed to renaming san francisco international airport after gay rights activist harvey milk. 61 percent of likely voters oppose the idea according to a poll conducted by, the chamber of commerce. harvey milk was the first openly gay person to be elected to public office in california. the
week we'll be live at the vatican as we have the final days of pope benedict, and we'll be there at the final public outing and take a look at what is next for the world's more than 1 billion catholics and who may be his successor. that's all next week on today. >> a lot of interesting stories there. we'll go back inside to natalie morales with a check of headlines. >> good morning, everyone. as many as 30 million americans are in the path of a major winter storm that brought snow and high winds to southern arizona on wednesday and forced the first ever suspension of mass play at the world golf championship. heavy snow is causing dangerous white out conditions in kansas and nebraska and hundreds of flights have been canceled. a stunning development today at the bail hearing for south after an olympic star oscar pistorius. prosecutors reveal the lead investigator in the murder case against pistorius is himself facing seven attempted murder charges over a police shooting in 2011. meantime nike said today it has suspended its contract with pistorius accused of gunning do
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